BharatiyaJanata Party on Saturday called for a "fair and proper" investigation into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomad girl in Kathua in January this year and, apparently addressing the government, said "innocent people should not be harassed in the name of investigation".
The party has made these assertions earlier also. On Saturday, however, the demand was reiterated at a high-level meet held at its Trikuta Nagar headquarters, which was attended by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh, Union minister in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh, health minister Bali Bhagat, BJP state president Sat Sharma, state general secretaries Ashok Koul, DrNarinder Singh and PawanKhajuria, RSS state general secretary ParshotamDedeechi and party's all state office bearers.
The meeting said the culprits of this heinous crime should be punished but a "fair and proper probe must be conducted into the incident without harassing the innocent people".
"The BJP leaders vociferously demanded that that unnecessary harassment of the innocents should be immediately stopped and fair inquiry be conducted as is also being demanded by the people of Rasana (Kathua)," a senior leader who attended the meeting told Greater Kashmir on the condition of anonymity.
He said that a resolution in this regard was presented at the meeting. Several BJP leaders lodged strong protest over the probe into the Rasana rape and murder case saying "innocent people are being unnecessarily harassed".
The leaders were of the view that the party should be seen as being on the side of the Kathua people, otherwise "it may have to pay a heavy price".
Sources said a few party leaders complained that Jammu is being neglected in development and demanded immediate steps to win people's confidence.
"The party leaders demanded that a roadmap be drawn for the next three years focusing on development of Jammu region which is party's bastion," sources said.
"If this course correction is not done the party will suffer," the leader said.
Several BJP leaders expressed serious concern over the fact that a Delimitation Commission for delimiting Assembly constituencies, promised in the Agenda of Alliance (AoA), has not be formed yet.